In July, I was able to embark on my first mountaineering expedition on Mount Rainier as part of REI's Climb For A Cause. Mount Rainier is a volcano in Washington's Cascade Range rising up to 14,411 ft. Our team of 8 REI employees and 4 guides from Alpine Ascents International climbed the Disappointment Cleaver Route … Continue reading Video: Mount Rainier, Disappointment Cleaver Route
Here it is - a look at my Himalayan trek to Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp with Eric! We backpacked for 6 days, traveling approximately 60 miles and traversing over 32,000 feet of elevation changes. From the tropical lowlands (3,000 feet) up to the alpine Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Base Camp (13,600 ft) and back again, … Continue reading Video: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
High on the West Rim, the winds came in waves all night long, pushing through the canyons and up and over the walls. I slept peacefully, but awoke to my first task of the day: gathering up yesterday's sweaty clothes which were blown off branches and scattered about on cacti. Cold, windy mornings in the southwest always make … Continue reading Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 2] with Angels Landing & The Virgin River – Zion National Park
Our second day in Zion brought us back to the main canyon, but already hiking nearly 8 miles that morning meant we first needed a significant lunch. One thing I can tell you about the small town of Springdale at the entrance to Zion National Park's Zion Canyon is that they have overpriced fish tacos. … Continue reading Backpacking West Rim Trail [Day 1] – Zion National Park
If you are combining a trip at the Grand Canyon to Zion, you're in for a wonderful drive. We left a brisk morning at the Grand Canyon and were treated to warm sun, blue skies, open roads, and the tremendous colors of the Vermillion Cliffs. Since we were heading to the less visited Kolob Canyon District on … Continue reading Kolob Canyon & La Verkin Creek Trail – Zion National Park
In recent times, I've been called an opportunist. When I was first told this, I was a bit embarrassed because for me, "opportunist" draws to mind negative connotations associated with freeloaders, users and abusers, and those that take advantage of others. At the time, I was away for the week for an annual staff retreat … Continue reading Grand Canyon National Park – Mather Point, Grandview Point, Desert View
My recent visit to Zion National Park in Utah was challenging, breathtaking, incredible, and of course tremendously fun. I like to think this video I made captures both the beauty and tomfoolery well. Trail reviews for Kolob Canyon, West Rim, and the Grand Canyon are coming soon to Further Along!